A few days ago, I started the “Konmari Method” of tidying up which is based on keeping in your home only what sparks joy. After starting the process, a reminder popped on January 6, 2019 to read a “letter to future self” I wrote back in March of 2018. It was amazingly prescient! I am often astounded by this uncanny actualization in these letters. It’s a beautiful question to hold as you go into the new year: What sparks joy in your life and in your surroundings?Read More
Wording The World
This article, excerpted from my next Valentine’s Day issue, Heartbreak of Desire, to be released in mid-January articulates the cycle of desire in four phases: lacking, longing, loving and losing. It offers some good end of year questions to ponder: What do you feel you are currently lacking in yourself or in your life ? What do you long for in life at this time? What or whom do you currently love and would not want to lose? How do you deal with the loss of things or people that you love?Read More
What dominate emotion would you like in the background of your life? Think outside of the box, go beyond the easy ones, such as love, happiness, or joy. Name it and write how that emotion would impact you if it were a dominate feeling in the background of your life. What would it make you see, hear, think? How would you act? What would it inspire you to do?Read More
I look ahead to you looking back at this remarkable journey! You know the challenges we faced, the love we gave, the beauty we found, and the grace and guidance we received that gave us the courage to follow this path with heart. I see the twinkle in your eye growing stronger and brighter through the years and now it serves as a beacon of light for fellow pilgrims learning how to live love into life. You have answered the call, crossed the threshold, faced your demons, found your gifts, and brought back to the world an anchor in life that holds no matter how treacherous the sway of tide and time or how compelling the taunt and tug of the world.
You know the discipline it took to walk this path, the effort required to live and move through the days in a confused and challenged world, how you had to find a different kind of ease in life and discover new ways to extend your heart into the world. You are still blossoming despite the weathering of your life, still rising into your spirit despite an aging body, still flowing the fountain of life through your sacred presence despite the forces that overwhelm you.
And you have more to offer, more depth of meaning and more profound truth because you shine light into shaded canyons and shadowed corners and you have wrestled the blessing from an Angel of the Night. So, keep your eyes locked on your guiding star and, though your footsteps may occasionally falter, you will not waver from your path. In this act, you bring your love to your life walking this path with heart.
This piece has been in the drafts section of this blog for a few months. It was written for the spring and, since it missed the timing, I let it linger and just now, on rereading it, realized it could apply at any time. It is from my series of "Letters to My Future Self" written on July 18, 2017 for reading on May 30, 2018. For more in the series, click here:
The sea has always been a metaphor for the vastness of the Self and the unknown life that swims within us. The sea is predictable in tides and unpredictable in storms. So it is with our lives embedded in greater forces we barely comprehend. How do you deal with the sway of the sea and the changing tides in you and in your life?Read More